The below text came from my daily Kim Komando newsletter. I wish there was a way to link to it, but go to Gigapan.org and play with different pans of the crowd. Fun and amazing detail. You really have to see this on site to fully appreciate it. (Sometimes I get error messages when I click on the link, so this is the URL direct to the site: http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=15374 They have messages up saying there's a big load on the site today)
This is the long range shot (click to enlarge)
This is a pan down to Obama.
From the newsletter:
A close look at the inauguration
Barack Obama's inauguration drew huge crowds to Washington. The Washington Post estimated that 1.8 million people attended. That estimate was accepted by the National Park Service. It is believed to have been the biggest crowd in Washington's history.
So, what does a crowd of 1.8 million look like? Well, I'm sure you've seen the news photos. They sure are impressive. They really give you a good feel for the size of the crowds.
Well, David Bergman has created a photo that is even more impressive. It's a panoramic image of the crowds.The image is an astounding 1,474 megapixels. No, that's not a typo!Bergman actually created the panorama from 220 individual images. He took the shots with his 14.7-megapixel Canon G10.
You will be amazed by the panorama. You can make out the faces in the crowd. Or, see the secret service agents on the rooftops.
You can see the panorama on Gigapan's site. You can also see thousands of other gigapixel images.